The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s reported support for Adams Oshiomhole as chairman of the party is not binding.
Premium Times reports that this was reiterated by the national publicity secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, on Wednesday, April 25.
He said: “What we were told at the meeting was that he was asked who he wanted and he told them his preference which has nothing to do with the meeting today."
Abdullahi stated that they were reviewing the time table of the national convention because some governors noted that it was too close. He also said the initial timetable was set “with Ramadan in view so as not to conduct any political activity during that period.”
“There were also observations from the side of the governors about the timetable for the congresses and convention, and the observation was that the timetable was closely packed and that it doesn’t leave much room for errors but the observation was that the timetable as it is currently composed was determined because of the Ramadan. We want to be sensitive to the feelings of Muslims who will be fasting in the month of Ramadan. Therefore, we tried avoid conducting any political activity during the month of Ramadan.
“There were also other arguments. Therefore, there is a possibility the timetable will be reviewed. So it’s not decided yet, we agreed that the NWC will take a second look at the timetable and see the possibility for adjustment," he added.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state also noted that the congresses were set to hold on weekdays “which will be a problem as they use schools and secretariats which will not be available on weekdays so they suggested they be conducted on weekends”.
“In that respect, the NWC has been mandated to go and fashion it out. Also, it may fall within the Ramadan time, we will make consultations to see if only one congress can be held during Ramadan then after Salah we hold the national convention. I think that will be sorted out and the national committee is working on that.
“Also, we all agreeed that the NWC will organise the congresses from the ward, local government and states while the the committee for the national convention will organise the national convention. We also agreed that zoning will be maintained for the officers but also that those governors within that zone should go and discuss but the post(s) will reamain as it is.”
NAIJ.com had reported that governors on the platform of the APC held a closed-door meeting with the party’s National Working Committee. According to Premium Times, the meeting took place at the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, April 25.
The governors had met President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 24, and endorsed his presidential candidacy.
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